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Celtic could face Zalgiris or Astana in Champions League

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Celtic could face Zalgiris Vilnius or Astana in the third qualifying round of the Champions League if they can turn around the 1-0 defeat to Lincoln Red Imps in midweek.

The Scottish champions were defeated by the semi-pro Gibraltar side on Tuesday night in the first leg tie, a result that shocked many in the game.

Lithuanian side Zalgiris and Astana of Kazakhstan are tied at 0-0 ahead of the second leg of their tie on Wednesday.

The winners of the third qualifying round progress to the Champions League play-off round, one stage before the group stages of the competition. The team that loses will drop into the play-off round of the Europa League.

Winners at the Champions League play-off round secure qualification to the group stage with the losing side dropping into the Europa League group stage.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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